This year was the first time we have taken a real Summer Vacation as a family. We’ve done little weekend Vegas trips, but never a real summer getaway. It’s usually always cheaper to travel in the fall and spring, no to mention less hot. However, we have annual passes to Disney World this year and are trying to make the most of them :). I will say, Disney in the summer is not cheap. We used an annual passholder discount and got 35% off our room. Otherwise there would have been no way I would have paid what they were asking. Always check www.mousesavers.com for current discounts, it can save you a ton of money.
Also, who else is terrified of traveling to Florida in the heat of July?? Me! Well, it actually wasn’t as bad as I expected. Humid…oh yes. But not as hot as I was thinking. It was rainy every afternoon, which is typical, and cooled things down a lot. So as long as you toured early, took a break, and toured in the evening, you were good to go.
Anyway, onto some fun stuff.
We went to Animal Kingdom on our first day in the parks. It was recommended by easywdw, who I follow religiously. We arrived about 10 minutes before opening and it worked out great. One tip for Animal Kingdom rope drop. Go left as soon as you get in the park. No one goes left.
Everyone winds up in the same spot by the Tree of Life for rope drop. So go left. No crowds, pretty, and you can take some pics without 1000 strangers with crocs and fanny packs in your photos :).Ok I’m going to list the attractions we did and the order we did them in. In case anyone would like an idea of how to ride as many rides in as short a time period as possible.
Safari, Triceratops Spin, Primeval Whirl (twice), Dinosaur, the Boneyard, characters Tigger and Pooh, snack break, Expedition Everest, Maharajah Jungle Trek, and then Kali River Rapids.
Now, that isn’t everything to see at Animal Kingdom, but it’s what we decided to do that day. Plus, we were done by 1:00 and headed out to lunch.A tip for Fastpass at Animal Kingdom, use it on Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids. If you ride the Safari first thing in the morning you don’t need a fastpass, which frees you up to use it on those other attractions. The most important tip…ride Kali River Rapids last!! Which is what we did thankfully. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but that tiny little light spot by my silver bracelet…the only place on me that is dry! I actually had to wring out my dress in order to make it back to the bus. I was dripping everywhere. But, it’s memories I suppose.
We wound up back at our hotel for the afternoon. Eating, swimming, and showering. I have a funny story about the pool for you. We just finished swimming and heard a bunch of young female voices. It was an all girl group from Brazil. There were about 50 of them coming to the pool. Well, they were decked out in typical Brazil fashion. OMG, Valerie laughed and laughed and laughed, she was dying. It’s not everyday one sees 50 butts in thongs all at once. We giggled about it all evening, we are so mature.
Ok, enough booty talk. On to Downtown Disney. Wolfgang Puck Express is always on our list. Val and I split this giant spaghetti and meatball dish.And a creme brûlée.
We then went to Disney Quest, the awesome arcade, and ran into this hottie. Hello there. Unfortunately we were full, but maybe next time.And no Downtown trip is complete without a stop at Goofy’s Candy Company. Make your own treats! A must do. These are only $4.95. Who in there right mind would pay $3.95 for ones without all the chocolate and candy? Crazy people I suppose. Did I mention they are back on the Disney Dining Plan? Well, they are. Snack Credit!And so concludes day 1 of surviving Disney in July.